This is not exciting, reading that the sixth angels releases four pent-up angels; and here all angels seem to be angels of death.

Killing and plagues is all that they traffic in. I start to understand why my mother was not too keen on her little girl peeping into this Book of Revelation.

But the more perplexing thing is that all the killing, including that of one-third of earth’s inhabitants does not scare hell out of the other two-thirds. Wow!

While some readers look at these writings, though, and fear “end-times”, others can trace these events looking back into history- genocidal wars in plenty.

And those who survive these atrocities do not seem well disposed to “repent of the works of their hands or give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk” (verse 27). People are not scared into repentance, not when they’re bent on doing wrong, going wrong, on being downright wrong.

And since it’s angels ushering trouble, as the figures tell a story, the wicked will continue to claim their place to continue on the wrong track.

Give us a godly fear, we pray O Lord, that our world will reap the benefit of our caring for and loving each other, rather than eat the bitter of fruit of our inhumanity towards one another.